Make Films Not War

Media Strategies Against War

Film series / Lectures
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Regie: Abel Gance, Frankreich 1919

Films and new media have tackled the image of war in a great variety of ways - anti-war films have tried to prevent it for 100 years. On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the beginning of World War I, selected historical and contemporary productions will present this often marginalized issue in a European-American dialogue.

For the first time in history, during WWI film provided shockingly “authentic” documentation of the fighting and was itself a weapon of propaganda. But there also coalesced a new idea: Film against war.
Could film not also be a powerful instrument for peace? What alternatives, divergent roles, hero images, dramaturgy, and conflict resolutions outside of the “prevalent political opinion” and mainstream film are possible? Which media strategies were developed against the war?

Two film evenings and one film-marathon with altogether six historical and contemporary films from Germany, France, and the USA along with the lecture „Make Films Not War“ about anti-war media and a workshop on the connections between games and depictions of war examine these, at the same time, historical and highly contemporary themes.

Alexander Schwarz
is a documentary author, film historian, and curator of many film series. Since 1992 he has worked as a documentary filmmaker and TV editor, and since 2005 he has worked as an independent developer and author for film productions and stations as well as a conceptor for cross-media projects. Currently he is developing the docugame „Peace Camp“ about the history of anti-war films.

Film and Lecture Series Schedule:

Saturday, November 8, 2014, 7:00 PM
Aero Theater
J’accuse (I Accuse)
Director: Abel Gance, France, 1919, 166 min., silent film with new orchestral composition (2014), French title cards with English subtitles, digital
Starring: Romuald Joubé, Séverin-Mars, Maryse Dauvray

Introduction: Alexander Schwarz

Sunday, November 9, 2014, 7:00 PM
Egyptian Theater
La Grande Illusion (Grande Illusion)
Director: Jean Renoir, France, 1937, 117 min., French title cards with English subtitles, digital
Starring: Jean Gabin, Dita Parlo, Pierre Fresnay, Erich von Stroheim

Introduction: Alexander Schwarz

Tuesday, November 11, 2014, 7:00 PM

Goethe-Institut Los Angeles  
Make Films Not War Media Strategies Against War
Lecture with film clips, by Alexander Schwarz

Saturday, November 15, 2014, 2:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Goethe-Institut Los Angeles
Lecture and Workshop: Games, Violence, and War
Lecture and Workshop: Ajay Singh Chaudhary und Michael Robert Stevenson (Brooklyn Institute for Social Research),
Alexander Schwarz

Saturday, November 22, 2014, 2:00 - 7:00 PM

Goethe-Institut Los Angeles
Film-Marathon: World War One

Westfront 1918
Director: Georg W. Pabst, Germany, 1930, 98 min., German with English
Starring: Fritz Kampers, Gustav Diessl, Hans Moebus

Director: Georg W. Pabst, Germany, 1931, 93 min, German with English subtitles
Starring: Alexander Granach, Fritz Kampers, Daniel Mendaille, Ernst Busch, Elisabeth Wendt

Shoulder Arms
Director: Charles Chaplin, USA 1918, 38 min., digital
Starring: Charles Chaplin, Edna Purviance, Syd Chaplin

Broken Lullaby
Director: Ernst Lubitsch, USA 1932, 77 min., digital
Starring: Lionel Barrymore, Nancy Carroll, Phillips Holmes

Goethe-Institut, Consulat général de France à Los Angeles, American Cinematheque
Sponsored by Fonds Elysée /Franco-German Cultural Fund as part of the program for the 100th anniversary of the beginning of World War I.

Related links

1914/2014 – The Battlefield
of Memory: A fact - Many perspectives

Foto: Regine Dura

100 Years First World War: anniversary issue of Fikrun wa Fann

Otto Dix, Selbstporträt als Mars, 1915, Öl auf Leinwand ©Städtische Sammlungen Freital